Popular footballer died of inflammed heart

PUBLISHED: 17:40 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009

A HEALTHY 13-year-old boy died due to an inflammation of the heart. Popular Mathew Blease died at the QE2 Hospital after being found unconscious at home, an inquest was told yesterday. But his parents were left demanding answers from the WGC hospital ove

A HEALTHY 13-year-old boy died due to an inflammation of the heart.

Popular Mathew Blease died at the QE2 Hospital after being found unconscious at home, an inquest was told yesterday.

But his parents were left demanding answers from the WGC hospital over his care.

Keen footballer Mathew was found collapsed at his Bakers Grove home and taken to A&E.

But the Sir Frederic Osborn pupil was diagnosed with a stomach bug and discharged.

Mathew was still extremely ill the next day and taken back to the QE2, but the previous day's notes were lost.

Mathew's blood pressure was unrecordable, he became unconscious and attempts to revive him failed.

He died at 4am on Friday, February 1.

A post mortem revealed Mathew died of viral myocarditis.

Coroner David Pigeon said: "It is something that could happen to anyone, it's a viral condition that attacks the muscle of the heart and in Mathew's case it proved to be a very severe attack."

He recored a verdict of natural causes.

But parents Karen and Steve are concerned with discrepancies in reports from hospital staff.

One report stated that Mathew got out of his hospital bed and walked around.

Mum Karen told the court: "There is no way he could get up and walk.

Dad Steve added: "How accurate is the rest of the information?"

The pair are demanding an explanation from the hospital authorities.


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